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G-otcha™: Regional Jails - Ritchie County - 07.29.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Bradley Kyle Hatfield
Height: 6’   7"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: 07.25.1992
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.25.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 PROBATION VIOLATION

West Virginia’s Latest News - 07.29.14

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LEWIS COUNTY COMMISSION WITH OVER MILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS FROM LAST FISCAL YEAR

Lewis County commissioners on Monday announced a surplus of almost $4.2 million from last year’s budget.

The county ended the year so well thanks to smart budgeting.

All offices in the county contributed in making the surplus so large.


NWS CONFIRMS TORNADO IN RITCHIE AND PLEASANTS COUNTY DURING SUNDAY’S STORMS

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Ritchie and Pleasants Counties during Sunday’s storms.

The preliminary results of their findings indicate it was an EF-1 tornado — meaning max wind speeds between 86 and 110 mph — which traveled four miles from Pleasants County to Ritchie County and at its widest was 200 yards wide.


DOLLAR TREE BUYS DISCOUNT RIVAL FAMILY DOLLAR

Buying Family Dollar will give Dollar Tree more than 13K stores in US and Canada, nearly three times as many as Walmart

Discount store chain Dollar Tree announced Monday that it would buy rival Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion, creating North America’s biggest discount retailer.

Shares of Family Dollar rose almost 25% to $75.50.

Dollar Tree shares were up 8.8% at $59.

Dollar Tree will continue to operate under the existing Dollar Tree, Deals and Dollar Tree Canada store signs. It will keep the Family Dollar brand too.


MON COUNTY ELIMINATING REDUCED SCHOOL MEALS

Monongalia County Schools will be eliminating reduced price meals for the upcoming school year.

Officials say this year any child who qualifies for reduced priced meals will automatically qualify for free meals.

Officials say removing reduced priced meals is a strategy the state has recommended for counties with lower rates of needy children.


ARSON SCHEME IN HARRISON COUNTY

George and Rebecca Bonnel, Samuel “Joey” Oldaker and Chad Edward Cook are accused of first-degree arson, burning insured property and conspiracy after a December 01, 2011 fire destroyed the residence of the Bonnells in the Laurel Valley area of Harrison County.

After State Fire Marshall Investigation, it is alleged the Bonnells hired Cook to burn their home so they could collect more than $171,000 in insurance.

The Bonnells and Oldaker were arrested on July 25 and posted bond the same day.

The fourth defendant, Chad E. Cook, was a work-release inmate at the Beckley Correctional Center for fraud and forgery charges.

Cook was recaptured July 20 in Roanoke, VA, when officers stopped him on a bicycle which did not have tail light reflectors.

He remains in jail and is expected to face the recent charges once extradited back to West Virginia.


WV AG SETTLEMENT FOR ILLEGALLY RIGGING BIDS AND FIXING PRICES

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says he has reached a settlement with three companies involving allegations of antitrust violations such as illegally rigging bids and fixing prices.

The companies denied the allegations of wrongdoing as part of the $950,000 deal.


NATALIE TENNANT BACKS WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINERS

U.S. Senate hopeful Natalie Tennant has backed West Virginia coal miners in a new TV ad attacking the energy policies of President Barack Obama.

Tennant pretends to turn off the lights at the White House in the ad and asks, “Where do they think they get their electricity from?“


ANIMALS TOO DANGEROUS TO KEEP AS PETS IN WEST VIRGINIA

A panel that’s seeking to devise a list of animals too dangerous to keep as pets in West Virginia is slimming down the choices from a larger list of suggestions made by others.

Reports say the state’s Wild and Dangerous Animal Board will meet on Wednesday as it tries to comply with legislation passed earlier this year.


LITTER CONTROL PROGRAMS GRANTS

West Virginia regulators have announced more than $54,000 in grants for litter control programs for 23 localities, solid waste authorities and county commissions around West Virginia.

Funding for the program is generated through circuit court penalties for littering and the grants range from $725 up to $3,000 apiece.


WEST MILFORD RESIDENT CONVICTED ON TAX CHARGE

A 54 year old West Milford, West Virginia, resident entered a plea of guilty before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

Pamela S. Bailey entered a plea of guilty to filing a false personal income tax return for tax year 2011.

Bailey understated her gross income resulting in an unpaid tax due and owing of approximately $42,097.58.

Bailey, who is free on bond pending sentencing, scheduled for November 21, 2014, faces up to 3 years in prison.


EIGHT INDIVIDUALS SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT

Christopher Vickers, age 25, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of Monticello Avenue playground.  Vickers, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar.

Marcus Gerald Barnett, age 33, of Clarksburg, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and six years of supervised release for the distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a housing project.  Barnett, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn A. Morgan.

Nino L. Mancino, age 43, of Fairmont, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and three years of supervised release for the conspiracy to distribute hydrocodone.  Mancino, who is free on bond, will self-report to the designated Federal institution.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr.

The Vickers, Barnett and Mancinco cases were investigated by the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force., which is comprised of officers and agents from the Bridgeport Police Department, the Clarksburg Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the West Virginia State Police.

Christy D. Ruble, age 32, of West Milford, West Virginia, former officer in charge of the West Milford post office, was sentenced to 5 years’ probation for embezzlement from postal accounts.  The Court also ordered Ruble to make restitution in the amount of $15,238.65 to the U.S. Postal Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Flower and investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

Robert Whitfield, age 29, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for obstruction of justice, with the sentence to run consecutively to his current sentence.

Eric Irizarry-Barriera, age 38; Nestor Diaz age 45; and, Stefan Toliver, age 27, were each sentenced to 3 months in prison for possession of a cell phone, with the sentence to run consecutively to their current sentences.

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Yes and the next ad we will see, just like Manchin a Tennant holding a deer rifle. The only true gun rights candidate is Shelly. From the story Tennant backs WV coal miners, turns off lights at white house.

By Earl Smarr  on  07.29.2014

I saw the funniest commercial yesterday. Natalie
Tennant was supporting WV coal and she turned the lights off at the white house. It reminded me of
Joe Manchin’s commercial when he shot his gun and
one month after he took office he sponsored a bill to ban our guns. Will Natalie do the same?

By Jim d-WV  on  07.29.2014

Let us hope not, that would be a sad picture, Natalie clutching her hunting gun.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting  on  07.29.2014

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Nancy Marie Clayton

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Nancy Marie Clayton

Age 73, of Wooster, OH (formerly of Harrisville, WV) departed this life on Friday, July 25, 2014, in Wooster, OH.

Nancy was born September 24, 1940, in Ritchie County, WV a daughter of the late Rex and Sarah Marie (McCloy) Hufford.

Nancy spent her life as a loving homemaker for her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Gibson and husband Edward of Wooster, OH, along with her four grandchildren, Lorin Gibson, Ellon Gibson, Katie Gibson, and Eddie Gibson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joe L. Clayton and her brothers, Dwight and James Hufford.

Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Lawford Cemtery, near Hazelgreen, WV.

Visitation will be from 12:00-1:30 PM on Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Congressman McKinley: 07.25.14 - Area Post Office Closing Community Meetings

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Maintaining Home Health Care Affordability

Last November, the Obama Administration announced it would cut home health care payments by 14 percent—the maximum amount allowed under the law.  As a result, more than 40 percent of home health care agencies could be forced out of business.  These cuts would disproportionately impact rural areas like West Virginia where access to home health care is a lifeline to many seniors.

In reaction to the Obama Administration’s actions, I am co-sponsoring a bill that restores payment levels to home health care agencies and cuts waste.

We need to stop these harsh cuts to our seniors. Obamacare’s cuts to home health will hurt West Virginia seniors, reduce access to care, and cause nurses to lose their jobs.  Our seniors have come to depend on quality home health care to allow them to recover at home. Like people in rural areas across the country, West Virginians face many challenges in accessing quality and affordable health care and the President’s reduction in funding would make it harder.

Home health care provides comfort, familiarity and normalcy for patients and their families.  This is a common-sense bill that will give West Virginia seniors certainty that they will be able to continue to receive the care on which they depend.


Making Higher Education More Accessible

In our knowledge-based economy, higher education is practically essential – yet costs and time are holding back too many Americans from these opportunities. That’s why this week the House passed three bipartisan bills that will help students and families considering college.

When students make the decision to get ahead by obtaining a degree in higher education, they’re faced with the rising cost of tuition and mounting student debt. By providing better information to students and families whether it’s concerning the financial aid process or what programs are available, this will help them make informed decisions about their future.

•  Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act (H.R. 4983) This would provide better information to students and families regarding higher education institutions so they can make smart decisions.

•  Empowering Student Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (H.R. 4984)  This would promote financial education through counseling by ensuring students and parents, who participate in the federal student loan program, receive annual counseling according to their individual borrowing needs.

•  Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act (H.R. 3136) This would allow institutions to provide students with a more personalized cost-effective education to non-traditional students like working adults and gain credits for skills testing.  This legislation will help students and families to decide what’s best for them in achieving a better life.


Economic Impact of State Energy Policies

The House Energy and Power Subcommittee held a hearing this week on “Laboratories of Democracy: The Economic Impacts of State Energy Policies.” The hearing examined the economic impacts from differing energy policies of the various states, as well as how federal policies may impact states.

The EPA’s over-regulation is stifling the energy industry and preventing the creation of more jobs. America needs to wake-up to what these regulations mean for our economy and our future. I will continue to push back on flawed arguments, statements and claims that are not based in reality, and stand up for the men and women who rely on coal for jobs and affordable energy.


Making Your Voice Heard

There are a few upcoming opportunities in and around West Virginia for the public to have their voice heard on issues that affect them.

The EPA is holding public meetings on their proposed plan on carbon pollution standards. The public can attend, but must have specific identification to get into these meetings.

Now is your chance for you, your family members and neighbors to speak up against job-killing EPA regulations. Residents in West Virginia can attend an upcoming meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on August 1st. We encourage not only coal miners, but the families of coal miners, and others who would be impacted by these EPA regulations to attend.


Post Office Closings:

The second opportunity is for residents living in rural areas with their post offices having hours cut.

The USPS is holding community meetings in towns with post offices included in their Post Plan. The upcoming meetings in the First District:

HAMBLETON PO

07/30/2014

5:00 PM

Hambleton Town Hall

MOATSVILLE PO

07/31/2014

6:00 PM

Nestorville Community Bldg

PULLMAN PO

07/29/2014

5:45 PM

Pullman Community Bldg (Ritchie)

RED CREEK PO

07/30/2014

4:00 PM

Flanagan Hill Community Center

ANMOORE PO

08/06/2014

5:00 PM

Anmoore Fire Dept Community Room (Harrison)

BETHANY PO

08/04/2014

5:30 PM

Bethany Community Center

GYPSY PO

08/05/2014

4:30 PM

Gypsy Community Church

HEPZIBAH PO

08/05/2014

6:00 PM

House of Faith

MACFARLAN PO

08/06/2014

4:00 PM

Hartley Community Bldg (Ritchie)

NEW MILTON PO

08/04/2014

4:30 PM

Doddridge County Park (Main Hall) (Doddridge)

ROSEDALE PO

08/05/2014

4:00 PM

Rosedale Senior Center (Gilmer)

SHIRLEY PO

08/05/2014

4:00 PM

Shirley United Methodist Church

TROY PO

08/05/2014

6:15 PM

Troy Elementary School (Gymnasium) (Gilmer)

If you are ever in the Washington D.C. office please drop in and say hello. If you want an appointment just give my office a call at 202.225.4172, or submit a request on my website at www.mckinley.house.gov.
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Betty Lucille (Nutt) Stansberry Cox

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Betty Lucille (Nutt) Stansberry Cox

Age 81, passed due to the development of pulmonary blood clots while awaiting surgery at Camden Clark Medical Center on July 22, 2014.

She was born in Ritchie County, WV on November 24, 1932, joining her father, Orlando Guy Nutt, her mother, Pearl Rexroad Nutt, brothers, Guy Jr. and Carl, and sister, Olive Mae.

According to her sister, her arrival on Thanksgiving “Really spoiled dinner that year.“

She was a 1950 graduate of Harrisville High School and had been looking forward to attending the reunion on July 25th until her scheduled surgery created the need to cancel her reservation. She was also a 1990 graduate of the Wood County Vocational School of Practical Nursing. She received the West Virginia 1990 Student of the Year award.

Prior to, and following her nursing school graduation, she worked at the Pine View Continuous Care Center where she received the Caring Practices Employee of the Year Award in 1988, given in recognition of her commitment to quality patient care and leadership demonstrated at the facility.

Betty was a member of the the Murphytown United Methodist Church and in recent months, the Amedisys Hospice of Parkersburg Bereavement Support Group.

Preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sister, first husband, Charles Wayne Stansberry, Sr., second husband, Francis “Frank” Wendell Cox and son, Stephen Michael Stansberry.

Betty is survived by her children: Rosalinda Brown, Merino Valley, California, Teresa (Allen) Wilson, Washington, DC, Cathy (Michael) Eckard, Portland, Oregon, Charles “Chuck” Stansberry, Dayton, Ohio, Roxanna (Kenneth) Price, Export, PA, Janetta Hampton, Cumberland, MD, Karlson Stansberry, Cumberland, MD, Jason(Debbie) Stansberry, Cumberland, MD; step-children: Mary Ann Testerman, Delbarton, WV, Carolyn Cox, Martinsburg, WV, Judy (Jim) Prusack, Grantsville, WV and Sandra Cox, Delbarton, WV; grandchildren: Jessica, Eric, Nathan, Hannah, Stephanie Erin(Michael), Matthew(Stephanie Louise), Joshua(Tiana), Andrew, Jeremy, Katrina(Travis), Timothy(Kennedy), Jennifer(Ryan), Mark, Jordan, Megan(Jaison), Angela(Chris), Chris, Shonna, Krystal and great-grandchildren: Zachary, Ava, Olivia, Adelle, Caleb, Ella, Gabriel, Brandon, Carter, Abrielle, Jillian, Aaron, Austyn, Kaitlyn, Daymian, Garren, Ruby and Amber.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Monday, July 28, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating.

Burial will follow in the Chevauxdefrise Cemetery, Washburn, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 PM.

We give thanks for the life of the Nutt family’s Thanksgiving Day surprise, Betty Lucille Nutt Stansberry Cox.

We love you Mom!

Geneva M. Rexroad Tallman

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Geneva M. Rexroad Tallman

Age 63, a lifelong resident of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at her residence, following an extended illness.

Geneva was born September 25, 1950, in Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Olin and Margaret (Grose) Rexroad.

She graduated from Pennsboro High School with the class of 1968. After graduation, Geneva began working at the former Laura Mae Life of Pennsboro and later joined the former Economy Industries of Harrisville before becoming a homemaker after the birth of her daughter.

She was a member of the Pennsboro United Methodist Church where she served as the secretary/treasurer of the Builder’s Class.

Geneva has also served as the treasurer for the Pennsboro Alumni since 1997 and greatly enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Jean Tallman of Pennsboro; sister, Rebecca Props (Jim) of Pennsboro; nephews, Adam Props of Pennsboro; David Smith of Harrisville; Jason Smith of Newport, OH; nieces, Kayla Props of Parkersburg; Sheri McDonald of St. Marys, WV; 2 great nieces; brother in law, Darrell Tallman (Linda) of Vienna, WV; sister in law, Donna Summers of Newport, OH, and her only surviving aunt, Evelyn Doll of Pennsboro.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Emerson “Frankie” Tallman in 2005; along with several aunts & uncles.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Saturday, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with the Pastors Kelly Martin and Bill Durst officiating.

Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Joseph’s Mills, WV.

Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Friday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests the donations be made to the Ritchie County Humane Society, 2220 Pullman Road, Harrisville, WV 26362.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 07.24.14

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before October 22, 2014  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS ATTORNEYNAME
ADDRESS
FID./COMM.NAME
ADDRESS
Stephen F. Bradfield Timothy B. Butcher P.O. Box 100 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Junior Moore Jeane Fay Fisher PO Box 324 None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Bubby K. Ferguson Bubby A. Ferguson 2016 West Maple Street None Required None Required
Lansing, MI 48015
Emogene Stansberry Mawahna Gifford PO Box 22 None Required None Required
Smithville, WV 26178
Willard C. Turner Marguerite C. Turner 1924 Barbecue Road None Required None Required
Normantown, WV 25267

 


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : July 24, 2014

Laura Moore

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Laura Moore

Age 102, of Harrisville, WV (formerly of Ellenboro & Pennsboro, WV) departed this life on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Pine View Nursing Home in Harrisville.

Laura was born January 08, 1912, in Beatrice, WV (Indian Creek) a daughter of the late Thomas N. and Luvenna (Bunner) Johnson. Laura worked as a beamer at the Elyria Lace Company in Elyria, OH and was a member of the Pike Church of Christ.

She is survived by her nephew, Thomas E. Johnson (Beatrice) of LaGrange, OH; niece, Ethel Gordon of Wakeman, OH; close friends, William & Nina Seese of Ellenboro, along with several cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Brackie Moore in 1998; niece, Lucille McDaniel; brother, Al Johnson, 4 half brothers and 9 half sisters.

Funeral services will be 12 PM Friday, July 25, 2014, at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Haught Cemetery, Beatrice, WV.

Visitation will be from 11 AM - 12 PM on Friday.

G-otcha™: Regional Jails - Ritchie County - 07.22.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: William John Smith
Height: 5’  8"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birth Date: 07.24.1977
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.20.2014
Facility: Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $1,100.00 SPEEDING
DRIVERS LICENSE REVOKED FOR DUI




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Corey Bruce Hammer
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.20.1996
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.18.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 BATTERY




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Nathon Norman Johnson
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Birth Date: 05.25.1977
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.16.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $4,500.00

Robert Harold Bunner

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Robert Harold Bunner

Age 57, of Harrisville, WV, passed July 21, 2014 in Harrisville.

He was born June 15, 1957 in Parkersburg, WV, the son of Harold William and Alice Christine Reed Bunner of Ellenboro.

Robert was an equipment operator for Trenton Energy, Hall’s Drilling and the WV Department of Highways.

He was a member of The Ritchie Church of The Nazarene.

He enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren and friends. He was a loving husband and wonderful father. He was a member of Harrisville Moose Lodge #944.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Debra Ann Davis Bunner; sons, James Robert Bunner (Autumn) of Harrisville, and Jason John Bunner (Anna) of Pennsboro; grandchildren, Zoey Marie, Roy Blake, Cort Evan, Jebediah and Destiny Bunner, Aubrey and Michael Ingram, and Tristian McGuire; sisters, Ruth Bowie, Serena Kay Ash, and Ruby Venette Lanham; and brother, Wilford Bunner.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Rev. Burnie Pennington officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fairmont Ridge Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Friday from 4-8 PM and Saturday from 2-3 PM.

Aubrey A. Wright

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Aubrey A. Wright

Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at his residence.

Aubrey was born August 18, 1933, in Spencer, WV, a son of the late Onnie O. and Annie (Hawkins) Wright.

He served as a self-employed business man in Ritchie County for many years being the owner and operator of the former Wright’s Market of Pennsboro from 1970-1985 and then the Pullman Hardware Store from 1985-1998. Aubrey was a charter member of the River of Life Ministries in Ellenboro and a graduate of Spencer High School with the class of 1952. Aubrey loved fishing. While employed, Aubrey and his wife Rosa would spend summers with the family fishing in Nags Head, NC and after retirement, he and his wife had a 2nd home in Cameron, LA where they would spend many years fishing in Louisiana. Aubrey’s greatest joy was the customer relationship he had built with his friends during the time he owned the Pullman Hardware and also spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rosa (Freeland) Wright; daughter, Anna Bunner (Jason) of Pennsboro; grandchildren, Aubrey Ingram, Michael Ingram, Destiny Bunner, & Jebediah Bunner all of Pennsboro; brother and sister in laws, Clyde & Sally Freeland of TN; Ray & Jackie Freeland of Parkersburg; Perl & Linda Freeland of Pennsboro; Eddie and Judy Hart of Ellenboro; Gary & Cindy Freeland of AK; Dave & Vickie Williams of Glendale Community; Jarvin & Vera Talkington of Parkersburg, and Johnny Freeland of Athens, OH, along with several nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lansing and Olsten Wright; sister, Wanda Rader, and his beloved dogs, Rufus & Chico.

Funeral services will be 11 AM, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Paul Elkins and Ruford Abner officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery.

Friends may call the funeral home from 4-8 PM on Wednesday.

Aubrey was a strong advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project and a box will be set up at the funeral home for friends to bring in a donation to be sent to the project in Aubrey’s name.

Vivian G. Lauff

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Vivian G. Lauff

Age 72, of Burnt House, WV, departed this life, Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV.

She was born May 10, 1943, in Van, WV, the daughter of the late Owen and Mary Bailey Sutphin.

Vivian had worked at the former Rubber Crafters, Smithville, WV, and then for Quality Fabricating.

She is survived by two sons, Daniel R. Lauff (Debra), Hinton, VA, and Christopher J. Lauff, Burnt House, WV; one daughter, Sheila M. Belknap, Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Derek, Deidra, Jennifer, Marshall, and Danielle; and great grandson, Jacob Lake Gumm.

In addition to her parents, Vivian was preceded by siblings, Curtis, Danny, Roger, Wayne, Raymond, Jackie and Lowell Dean Sutphin; Elbert Kelly, Geneva Wood and Emma Jean Testerman.

Funeral Services will be held, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV at 1:00 PM with the Pastor Dennett Osborne officiating.

Interment will follow at the New Mt. Olive Cemetery, Burnt House, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 22, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

Sharon Mae Reeder

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Sharon Mae Reeder

Age 65, of Harrisville, WV departed this life on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at her residence.

She was born March 14, 1949 at Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late William Floyd Higgins Sr. and Gladys Mae Knicely Higgins, Parkersburg, WV.

Sharon had been a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Ritchie County Senior Citizens and Pine View Nursing Home.

She attended the Freewill Baptist Church and was a member of the Harrisville Moose Lodge.

In addition to her Mother, Sharon is survived by one son, Joseph Reeder (Linda), Hurricane, WV; two daughters, Shelly Osborne (Burt) and Lora Robinson of Harrisville, WV; two brothers, William Floyd Higgins Jr., (Bonnie) Parkersburg and Richard Higgins, Pennsboro, WV; two sisters Diane Piggott, Davisville, WV and Kimberly Sue Carroll (Don) Parkersburg, WV; seven grandchildren, Patrick, Tyler and Mariah Robinson, Timmy and Casey Osborne and Nicholas and Samuel Reeder and one Great Grand Son Reece Bolin.

In addition to her Father, Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Eugene Reeder, and one sister Joann Parsons.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Bud Corbin and Rev. David Murrey officiating.

Interment will follow the service in the Cairo IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Monday, July 21, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 PM and after 9:00 AM on the day of the service.

Robert Bradley, Jr.

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Robert Bradley, Jr.

Age 81, of Millwood, WV, passed away July 17, 2014.

He was born November 25, 1932, in Cairo, Ritchie County, WV, a son of the late Russell Robert and Bernice (Nichols) Bradley. His brother, Chip Bradley, also preceded him in death.

He was a 1951 graduate of Cairo High School. He was a Corporal in the United States Army and served with the Military Police in Japan. He was retired from Ravenswood Aluminum and a member of United Steel Workers of America Local #5668. He loved his family, the outdoors, hunting and gardening. He was a founding member of the Silverton Volunteer Fire Department. To know Robert, was to like him. He was honest, hardworking, thoughtful, kind and gentle.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Nancy E. (Haga) Bradley; daughter, Elizabeth C. Boothe and her husband Tom of Millwood; brother, Marvin Bradley of Washington, WV; sisters-in-law, Elaine Bradley of St. Marys, and Pauline Haga of Cairo; three grandchildren, Thomas B. Boothe and his wife Peggy, Christopher S. and Brandon T. Boothe, all of Millwood; and two great-grandchildren, Izzy and Kolton Boothe.

Service was 1 PM Sunday at the Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Ravenswood, WV, with Pastor David Sanderson officiating.

Graveside service was at 3:30 PM at Cairo Masonic Cemetery, Cairo, WV, with full military rites.

Visitation was 11 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home.

G-otcha™: Regional Jails - Ritchie County - 07.15.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Donald Keith Lusk
Height: 6’  4"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 04.21.1981
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.14.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 PROBATION VIOLATION




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Corey Bruce Hammer
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.20.1996
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.11.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 BATTERY

Shirley Ann Cottrillge

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Shirley Ann Cottrill

Long time resident of Pennsboro, WV, Shirley Ann Cottrill, a78, went to Heaven to be with her Lord, on Friday, July 11, 2014, en route to CCMC, Memorial Campus.

Shirley was born June 01, 1936, at her parents’ home on Stewart’s Run near Harrisville, WV, a daughter of the late Audra and Minnie (Moore) Hiley.

In her early years, Shirley worked for the Consumer’s Gas Company of Pennsboro as a secretary.

After the birth of her daughter, Joy, she spent the rest of her life as a loving homemaker for her family. For over a decade, she has volunteered her time as a reader at Creed Collins Elementary School in Pennsboro.

Shirley was a longtime member of Pennsboro United Methodist Church where she was very active. She served as the evangelism team leader and was also a member of United Methodist Women.

In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening vegetables and tending to her many flowers. She loved her small town and will be greatly missed by friends and family.

She is survived by her daughter, Joy Cottrill and husband Derek Banas of Verona, PA; her two grandchildren, Willow & Ivy Banas; her two sisters and their spouses: Sharon and Gary Antel of Wheeling, WV and Laura and Geral Riggs of Colliers, WV, along with many nieces & nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jacob C. Cottrill in 1999.

Funeral services will be 11 AM Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with the Pastors Kelly Martin and Bill Durst officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-7 PM on Monday , at the funeral home.

Charles F. Bunner

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Charles F. Bunner

Age 89, St. Marys, WV, passed away Wednesday, July 09, 2014, at his residence.

Born on June 23, 1925, in Ritchie County, WV, he was a son of the late Herman and Ethel Hart Bunner.

Charles was a supervisor at Abichts now Chem Pump for many years. He loved farming and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Hazel Evans Bunner; five children, Gary (Janet) Bunner, Ron (Carolyn) Bunner, Steve (Karen) Bunner, Linda (John Templeton and David (Leslie) Bunner; two step-children, Edward Evans and Nancy Lemley; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Debby Bunner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Eleanor Bunner; son, Jim; daughter, Carolyn Heasley; an infant son, Brian Keith; and brothers and sisters, Zana, Ruby, Miranda, Alva, George, Hubert and Henry.

Services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 12, at Ingram Funeral Home, with Pastor Jimmy Taylor officiating.

Burial will be in Cloverdale Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, and 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday, July 12, at the funeral home.

Shirley Anne Ayers

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Shirley Anne Ayers

Age 66, of St. Marys, WV, passed July 08, 2014 at her residence.

She was born July 03, 1948 in Parkersburg, WV, the daughter of the late Robert Burke and Dollie Mae Deem Echard.

Shirley worked at Cairo Manufacturing and Economy Industries garment factories for over 30 years. Later she worked with her husband as an over the road truck driver. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, building things with her hands, caring for her animals and going to the beach.

She was Methodist by faith.

She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Ayers; daughter, Becky Reese (Mike) of St. Marys; son, Robert Eakle (Melissa) of Parkersburg; brothers, Denver, Randy and Larry Echard; half brothers, Doyle, Bob, Raymond and Bash Echard; and grandchildren, Caleb, Colton, Carli, Cayla, and Cami Eakle.

She was preceded in death by brother, Terry Echard; half brothers, Bill and James Echard, and Robert Sidwell; half sisters, Judy Carpenter and Sandy Echard; and two infant brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Friday, July 11, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Troy Derenberger and Caleb Eakle officiating.

Burial will follow in the Ayers Cemetery, Smithville.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 5-9 PM.

Peggy Jo Hall

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Peggy Jo Hall

75, of Smithville, WV passed July 08, 2014 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 28, 1939 in Porta Rico community, Doddridge County, WV, the daughter of the late Paul Wilson and Dessie Lou Brown Clevenger.

Peggy was a member of Smithville Baptist Church.

She had worked at the former Stanley Family Restaurant later named McCoy Restaurant, Smithville. She loved watching her grandchildren, cooking and taking care of people. She enjoyed watching the Ritchie Rebels, Pelham Panthers, AL, WVU Mountaineers and University of Charleston sporting events. She loved her dialysis family.

She married her husband Pat Hall on May 27, 1964 and they recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children, Angela Riggs (Randall) of Harrisville, Kimberly Hall, J. Patrick Hall and P. Samuel Hall (Vanessa) all of Smithville; and Rebecca Burnett (Brett) of Pelham, AL; grandchildren, Shannon Brown (Evan), Danielle Stanley, Lindsay Robison (Chase), Samuel Hall, Freddy Hall and Logan Burnett; and great-grandchildren, Brandon Brown and Alexa Brown; siblings, Edward Clevenger, Jane Spencer, Bunker Clevenger, David Clevenger, Danny Clevenger, Nancy Knight and Judy Bishop.

She was preceded death by an infant daughter, Jo Ann; grandson, Casey Brian Stanley; and sisters, Helen Anderson, Mary Rohde, Bette McMillan, Dorothy Adams, and Louise Henry.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Dan Martin officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 4:00-8:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM.

G-otcha™: Regional Jails - Ritchie County - 07.08.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Dustin Aaron Roberts
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birth Date: 08.07.1989
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.07.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 PROBATION VIOLATION




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Freddie Winiford Hess
Height: 6’  0"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Birth Date: 11.09.1981
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.05.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $15,000.00 DOMESTIC BATTERY
FLEEING WHILE DUI
CHILD ENDANGERMENT
DUI (1ST OFFENSE)




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Jimmie Dale Davis
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birth Date: 10.18.1944
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.04.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 DUI (1ST OFFENSE)




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Corey Bruce Hammer
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.20.1996
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 07.04.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 BATTERY

Christopher Paul Layfield

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Christopher Paul Layfield

Age 41, of Harrisville, WV passed July 07, 2014 at his residence.

He was born February 13, 1973 in Parkersburg, WV the son of the late Robert Paul Layfield and Marcia Elaine Richards Backus.

Chris was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Harrisville.

He was a collector of swords.

He is survived by his grandmother who raised him, Mary Richards; one sister, Angela Backus of Harrisville; nephews, Trenton and Tegan; niece, Anniston; uncle, Ted Richards (Rosemary); cousins, Stacey Minigh (Paul), Ryan and Reagan; several aunts and uncles and his cat Baby.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Russell Richards, and Shirley Layfield; and grandmother, Arizona Layfield.

Family graveside services will be held at 2:30 PM, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Cairo Masonic Cemetery with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville Thursday from 1:00-2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the donor’s choice.

Betty L. Lantz Hall

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Betty L. Lantz Hall

Passed away July 06, 2014, at her residence in Bridgeport, WV.

Betty was born August 07, 1933, at her family home on Burton Run, Pennsboro, WV.

She was the last of 11 children born to Marsh and Della Lantz.

She was preceded in death by four brothers: Kenneth Lantz, Ralph “Bill” Lantz, James “Jim” Lantz, and Marsh Lantz and six sisters: Hattie Kaltenecker, Winnie Atkinson, Mary Meiler, Genevieve Smith, and twins Vaughn Virden and Vera Howard Rieser.

Betty is survived by husband Bob, two daughters: Cindy (Jerry), Kim (Mark); two granddaughters: April (Megan), Ashleigh (Fiancé Michael); and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Betty graduated from Pennsboro High School in 1952. She began her career in music at G.C. Murphy’s in Parkersburg, WV, as manager of the music department. She also hosted shows on radio (WPAR) and television (WTAP).

After marrying Bob on June 02, 1956, in Parkersburg, WV, they lived in Clarksburg.

Once Cindy was born they moved to Bridgeport, then to Shinnston, and back to Bridgeport where Kim was born.

Betty was a member of Bridgeport United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher.

She also worked from home as “Nana” to Amber Mellott and Jason Preston, thereby gaining two more families.

Betty and Bob were employed at Bridgeport Skateworld where Betty was a DJ and skating instructor. This allowed her to do two things she loved: playing music and roller skating.

She brightened many lives and will be sorely missed.

Memorial Service will be held at McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro on August 23, 2014, at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Babb-Randolph Cancer Center, PO Box 9300, Morgantown, WV 26506-9300.

G-otcha™: Regional Jails - Ritchie County - 07.01.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Sundance Trevena
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birth Date: 07.15.1993
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06.28.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $2,000.00 OBSTRUCTING
DOMESTIC ASSAULT 1ST/2ND(W/O DISPLY OF WEAPON)




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Corey Bruce Hammer
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.20.1996
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06.27.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 BATTERY

Dean P. Pierce

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Dean P. Pierce

Age 77, of Harrisville, WV passed June 30, 2014 at his residence after battling esophageal cancer since February 2013.

He was born March 17, 1937 at Central Station, WV, the son of the late Baxter “Mack” McCellan and Gracie Maude Britton Pierce.

Dean was a retired crane and press operator with U.S. Fabrication now called Crown Steel in Wooster, OH.

He was a member of Killbuck VFW., and Shreve Sportsman Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was a member of Harrisville Assembly of God.

Dean is survived by his wife, Madeline Rita Sampsel Pierce; sons, Donald Pierce of Millersburg, OH, Robert Pierce (Diane) of Dover, OH, Marvin Pierce of Millersburg, and Steven Pierce (Donna) of Jeromesville, OH; daughters, Linda Barker (Jack) of Bandera, TX, and Ellen McFarlane (Mike) of Jeromesville; twenty grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and loyal dogs, Lady and Nugget.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Opal McCauley, Ruth Riddle, Marie Riddle, Virginia Pratt; brothers, McCellan “Ben” Pierce, Frank Pierce, Arnold “Doc” Pierce, and Donald Pierce; and daughter-in-law, Lisa Spratt Pierce.

Funeral services will be held 1 PM, Thursday, July 03, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with Pastor Jeffery Williamson officiating.

Burial will follow in the South Fork Baptist Cemetery, near Summers, WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 PM.

Attorney General Mobile Office Hours for Ritchie, Tyler, Wirt, and Jackson Counties

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Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that a representative from his Office will conduct mobile office hours in four different local counties.

The representative will assist local consumers with any questions or issues they might have, and will have information available on how consumers can protect their information from scams and fraud.

Brooke Fletcher, a consumer representative and compliance specialist with the Office, will host mobile office hours, which are scheduled as follows:

•  10:30 AM-12:30 PM July 01 at the Council of Senior Tyler Countians, 504 Cherry St., Middlebourne

•  10:30 AM-12:30 PM July 03 at the Jackson County Commission on Aging, 121 S. Court St., Ripley

•  10:30 AM-12:30 PM July 22 at the Wirt County Committee on Aging, 74 Senior Circle, Elizabeth

•  10:30 AM-12:30 PM July 30 at the Ritchie County Integrated Family Services, which is located at the corner of South Court Street and Edgeview Lane in Harrisville

Mobile office hours are open to the public; reservations are not required
“The Attorney General’s Office conducts mobile office hours in order to understand the concerns of local consumers and assist them with any questions they might have,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Our Office encourages people to attend a mobile office hours at a time and location that is convenient to learn more about what our Office is doing and how they can protect their personal information from scammers.”
For information about the mobile office hours, contact Brooke Fletcher at 304.777.9906.

Outdoor Adventure Weekends at North Bend State Park Feature Mountain Biking and Kayaking

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North Bend State Park helps people get interested in outdoor recreation by offering hikes, swimming and games on a daily basis. However, physical activity options are being cranked up with mountain bike and kayak clinics scheduled over three summer “Outdoor Adventure Weekends.”

Mountain bike clinics include three sessions, each lasting 2.5 hours. “It’s a get-started program to encourage biking as an outdoor pursuit, said Steve Jones, North Bend State Park superintendent. “However, the clinic also caters to intermediate bikers.” Participants must bring their own equipment. Topics covered include “your bike,” “ride safely,” “basic maintenance,” “motor efficiency” and “skill development.”

The adventure weekends expand to include kayak clinics that include one training session lasting two hours and one future free rental. Equipment is provided. Basic instruction for flat water kayaking is the dominate focus. Topics include “boats and equipment,” “getting started,” “skill development,” and “different points of view.” Kayaking is conducted on the 305-acre North Bend Lake. Kim Coram is the lead instructor with other qualified instructors assisting. Class size is limited and small groups are welcomed.

Outdoor Adventure Weekend dates are July 05-06, August 16-17 and September 06-07, 2014, at North Bend State Park.

The program is open to day visitors or overnight guests.

The registration fee is $30 per clinic (bike or kayak) or $50 for both clinics.

Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 304.643.2931.

Harry R. “Ronnie” Haddox, Sr.

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Harry R. “Ronnie” Haddox, Sr.

Age 63, of Harrisville, WV passed June 24, 2014 at his residence.

He was born June 26, 1950, in Marietta, OH, the son of the late Harry Hamilton and Helen Louise Wilson Haddox.

Ronnie was a U.S. Army Veteran of The Vietnam War with the 25th Infantry Division. He was a self-employed truck driver and had worked for Air Products, Legion and Mayflower trucking companies. He was a licensed Ham Radio Operator and loved camping, fishing hunting and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie Cangialosi Haddox; sons, Harry Ronald “Ronnie” Haddox, Jr. of Cairo, WV and James Anthony Haddox of Harrisville; sister, Karen Roche (Paul) of Harrisville; and grandchildren, Taylor Haddox, Cadean Haddox and Devan Haddox; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 3 PM, Friday, June 27, 2014 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-3 PM.

He will be interred at a later date in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, near Harrisville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the COPD Foundation, at 20 F Street NW, Suite 200A Washington, DC 20001.

Larry G. Brissey

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Larry G. Brissey

Age 71, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.

Larry was born November 13, 1942 in Berea, WV, a son of the late Charles E. Brissey and Alice Lenora (Sutton) Brissey of Berea, WV.

Larry was retired after 33 years of working as a chemical operator for E.I. Dupont of Washington, WV and served as a well tender for Denzil Prather for many years. Larry was a proud graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1961 and was one of the founding members of the South Fork Hunting Club. He was also a member of the U.S. National Guard 1092nd division, a life member of the NRA, and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his three sons, Matt Brissey (Julie) of Parkersburg; Mark Brissey (Suzie) of Mineral Wells, WV; Jason Brissey and fiancé Jody Smith of Alexandria, VA; sister, Sharon Springer (David) of Hacker Valley, WV; grandsons, Bo Charles of Mineral Wells and Gage of Parkersburg, and his loving companion of 20 years, Evelyn Northcraft, of Ellenboro.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Berea, WV.

Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Saturday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Larry’s name be made to the North Bend State Park Foundation, PO Box 177, Harrisville, WV, 26362.

G-otcha™: Regional Jails - Ritchie County - 06.24.14

Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Gary Ray Henshaw
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Birth Date: 04.21.1990
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06.23.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Corey Bruce Hammer
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birth Date: 01.20.1996
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06.20.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 BATTERY




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Quentin Blaine Cunningham
Height: 5’  10"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birth Date: 02.24.1972
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06.18.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $0.00 PROBATION VIOLATION




Status:  Behind Bars
Full Name: Nicholas Thomas Davis
Height: 5’  11"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 10.25.1990
Gender: Male
Booking Date: 06.17.2014
Facility: North Central Regional Jail
Status: Behind Bars

Offender Information

Court Info Number Issuing Agency Location Charge(s)
Ritchie County - Bail: $1,500.00 OBSTRUCTING
INDECENT EXPOSURE

G-Fin™: County-By-County Unemployment for the Area – April 2014

West Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.0% in April 2014.

Unemployment rates decreased in all but two of the 55 counties in the state.

Counties with unemployment rates above 10% included Pocahontas (12.0%), Mingo (11.3%), Wetzel (10.7%), and Webster (10.4%).

Counties with unemployment rates of 4% and below included Pendleton (4.0%), and Monongalia (3.8%).

West Virginia’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell eight-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1% in April 2014.

 

County Total Unemployed Unemployment Rate
APR-14 MAR-14 APR-13 APR-14 MAR-14 APR-13
Barbour 400 490 440 5.9% 7.1% 6.5%
Braxton 450 520 500 8.1% 9.4% 9.0%
Calhoun 240 330 270 8.5% 11.5% 9.7%
Clay 280 360 390 9.0% 11.4% 12.1%
Doddridge 170 210 170 5.3% 6.3% 5.3%
Gilmer 170 200 180 5.4% 6.3% 5.6%
Harrison 1,560 1,830 1,680 4.9% 6.2% 5.6%
Lewis 420 510 440 5.1% 6.3% 5.4%
Nicholas 860 950 890 8.5% 9.4% 8.7%
Pleasants 180 240 200 5.9% 7.7% 6.6%
Ritchie 270 330 270 5.8% 7.1% 5.9%
Roane 500 600 540 9.4% 11.1% 10.2%
Tyler 290 350 290 7.9% 9.4% 7.8%
Upshur 570 670 640 5.6% 6.5% 6.3%
Webster 300 310 360 10.4% 10.6% 11.9%
Wirt 170 220 240 7.3% 9.4% 9.8%
Wood 2,020 2,370 2,430 5.2% 6.2% 6.3%
WV 48,600 54,700 51,900 6.1% 6.9% 6.5%

 

 

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County Total Non-Farm on Payroll Goods Producing Employees Service Providing Employees
APR-14 MAR-14 APR-13 APR-14 MAR-14 APR-13 APR-14 MAR-14 APR-13
Barbour 4,060 4,050 4,000 600 600 590 3,460 3,450 3,410
Braxton 4,180 4,160 4,170 580 570 530 3,600 3,590 3,650
Calhoun 1,660 1,660 1,590 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Clay 1,670 1,490 1,430 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Doddridge 1,520 1,480 1,350 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Gilmer 2,500 2,450 2,540 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Harrison 37,130 37,080 36,320 4,300 4,280 4,110 32,830 32,800 32,210
Lewis 7,440 7,310 7,480 1,950 1,930 1,890 5,490 5,390 5,590
Nicholas 8,630 8,650 8,780 1,600 1,610 1,690 7,030 7,040 7,090
Pleasants 3,080 3,070 3,030 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Ritchie 3,770 3,760 3,670 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Roane 3,460 3,430 3,400 670 670 630 2,790 2,770 2,770
Tyler 2,820 2,790 2,850 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Upshur 8,620 8,620 8,450 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Webster 2,210 2,210 2,250 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Wirt 770 770 840 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ......
Wood 41,180 41,290 40,290 4,860 4,830 4,880 36,320 36,230 35,410
Statewide 772,000 762,700 764,800 113,000 109,600 114,300 659,000 653,100 650,500

McKinley Announces Roundtables for Harrison, Doddridge and Ritchie Counties

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Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) announced the following roundtables for Harrison, Doddridge and Ritchie Counties in the First Congressional District for:


Friday, July 01, 2014


What:  Salem City Officials Roundtable

When:  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: Salem City Hall, 229 West Main Street, Salem, WV.


What:  Lunch with West Union business and community leaders

When:  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: West End Family Café, 512 West Main Street, West Union, WV.


What:  West Union/Doddridge County Elected Officials Roundtable

When:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Where: Doddridge County WVU Extension Service, 115 West Main Street, West Union, WV.


What:  Harrisville City Leaders Roundtable:

When:  3:30 – 5:00 PM

Where: Harrisville Municipal Building, 1501 East Main Street, Harrisville, WV.

Congratulation to Area’s History Whizzes on WV’s Birthday

West Virginia History Whiz Kids Become Knights of the Golden Horseshoe - 2013

 

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Nearly 230 eighth grade students from across West Virginia on Thursday received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

State Superintendent Jim Phares inducted the students from all 55 counties as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society during a pinning ceremony at the Cultural Center. The award is considered one of the greatest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia.

“As a former history teacher it was a great honor to have a role in this ceremony,“ Phares said. “The Golden Horseshoe is coveted by many in the state, but received by very few. It is an honor that these students can be proud of for years to come.“


The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award. Each county has at least two winners. The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.

The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early 1700s in Virginia when then-Governor Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. Spotswood organized a party of about 50 men to explore the frontier. At the end of the exploration, he presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe. Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe read, “Thus it was decided to cross the mountains.“ On the other side was written, “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.“ Because of this, the recipients became known as ‘The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.‘“

Golden Horseshoe Winners for Area Counties
County First Name Last Name
Barbour Maddi Carpenter
Barbour Brandon Messenger
Barbour Johnny Williams
Braxton Heath Cottrill
Braxton Timothy Harman
Braxton Logan Rose
Calhoun Caroline Mccumbers
Calhoun Robert Twist IV
Clay Joseph Dawson
Clay Laura Hundley
Clay David Tanner II
Doddridge Logan Gogan
Doddridge Joseph Heckert
Gilmer Ruthann Cain
Gilmer Sada Wright
Harrison Norman Junkins III
Harrison Joplin Kehrer
Harrison Dylan McCullough
Harrison Kendall Robey
Harrison Chase Sfameni
Harrison Matthew Strange
Harrison Leon Wilson
Lewis Benjamin Harman
Lewis Skylar Metz
Lewis Robert Mitchell
Nicholas Andrew Cook
Nicholas Eamonn Payton
Nicholas Joseph Perry
Nicholas Savannah Tinnel
Pleasants Corbin Bussey
Pleasants Lindsay George
Pleasants Ryan McFarland
Pleasants Andrea Watson
Pleasants Spencer Wren
Ritchie Ivy Scoville
Ritchie William Siers
Ritchie Jonathan Wilson
Roane Paige Davenport
Roane Christophe Deel
Roane Keira Shaffer
Tyler Colby Buchanan
Tyler Rosana Smith
Tyler Theodore Stackpole
Upshur Benjamin Bohman
Upshur Shelby Daugherty
Upshur Gabrielle Epp
Webster Ian Chapman
Webster Avery Clutter
Webster Waymon McCourt
Wirt Addie Bailey
Wirt Kyle Bentz
Wood Anna Fatta
Wood Andrew Gnegy
Wood Jordan Mader
Wood Ian McKnight
Wood Wade Powers
Wood Akshay Sambandham
Wood Kaylyn Smith



West Virginia History Whiz Kids Become Knights of the Golden Horseshoe - 2013

More than 200 eighth grade students from across West Virginia on Friday received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

State Superintendent Jim Phares inducted the students from all 55 counties as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society during a pinning ceremony at the Cultural Center. The award is considered one of the greatest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia.

“As a former history teacher it was a great honor to have a role in this ceremony,“ Phares said. “The Golden Horseshoe is coveted by many in the state, but received by very few. It is an honor that these students can be proud of for years to come.“

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The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award. Each county has at least two winners. The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.

The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early 1700s in Virginia when then-Gov. Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. Spotswood organized a party of about 50 men to explore the frontier. At the end of the exploration, he presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe. Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe read, “Thus it was decided to cross the mountains.“ On the other side was written, “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.“ Because of this, the recipients became known as ‘The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.‘“


Area winner for 2013 Are:

Braxton

•  Emmanuel Backus

•  Forrest Taylor

•  Justin Vankirk


Calhoun

•  Karlie Johnson

•  Adrianne Shimer


Clay

•  Zachary Myers

•  Brennan Rhodes

•  Ian Smith


Doddridge

•  Nicholas Morgan

•  Colten Oliver


Gilmer

•  William Greene

•  Dalton Law


Lewis

•  Allaina Hope

•  Jaret Mullooly

•  Alexander Scott


Ritchie

•  Sydney Campbell

•  Sarah Cokeley

•  Davi Stanley


Roane

•  Faith Bender

•  Joseph Burch

•  Thomas Wright


Webster

•  Trace Durham

•  Gavin Surbaugh


Wirt

•  Allan Phillips

•  Joseph Powell


Eighth Grade Students Receive the Golden Horseshoe Award 2012

More than 200 eighth grade students from across West Virginia on Thursday received the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award for outstanding knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

State Superintendent Jorea Marple inducted the students from all 55 counties as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society during a pinning ceremony at the Cultural Center.

The award is considered one of the greatest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia.

The Golden Horseshoe honors and rewards students for their appreciation and understanding of West Virginia and her people,” Marple said. “The Golden Horseshoe is coveted by many in the state, but received by very few. Those who receive it are among a select group,” Marple said. “It is an honor that these students can be proud of for years to come.”

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The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States.

The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award.

Each county has at least two winners.

The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.

Past recipients have included authors and state Supreme Court justices, a state attorney general and a state Board of Education president.

The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early 1700s in Virginia when then-Governor Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia.

Spotswood organized a party of about 50 men to explore the frontier.

At the end of the exploration, he presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe.

Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe read, “Thus it was decided to cross the mountains.”  On the other side was written, “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.” Because of this, the recipients became known as ‘The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.’”


Area 2012 Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society:


Braxton

•  Caroline Nicholas

•  Sarah Skidmore

•  Emma Steorts


Calhoun

•  Taylor Garrett

•  Melinda McCumbers


Clay

•  Johnna Casey

•  Isabelle Haverty

•  George Wilkinson

•  Kali Muhly-Alexander

•  Shawna Webb


Gilmer

•  Hannah Moore

•  Cheruto Shiow


Lewis

•  Kurtis Gunter

•  Hannah Hall

•  Lindsey Lough


Ritchie

•  Ryan Alexander

•  Justin Curfman

•  Elizabeth Little


Roane

•  Johnathan Harris

•  Nicholas Keaton

•  Camden Moore


Webster

•  Bethany Anderson

•  Sydney Mollohan

•  Jakob Payne


Wirt

•  Cammi Ferguson

•  Brady Ohrn



Area 8th-Graders among More than 200 in WV to Earn Golden Horseshoe 2011

The Golden Horseshoe test, which has been given each year since 1931, measures knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.

The top-scoring students from each county are bestowed with the award.


Braxton County:

•  Zachary Chapman, Braxton County Middle

•  Christian Facemire, Braxton County Middle

•  Grace Skidmore, Braxton County Middle.


Calhoun County:

•  Nathaniel Hipp, Calhoun Middle/High

•  Kenneth Wolf, Calhoun Middle/High.


Clay County:

•  Mckinzee R. Barker, Clay County Middle School

•  Stephen R. Cole, Clay County Middle School

•  Chase A. Massey, Clay County Middle School


Doddridge County:

•  Katherine Bonnell, Doddridge County Middle

•  Alexandria Carder, Doddridge County Middle


Gilmer County:

•  Chemutai Shiow, Gilmer County High

•  Trevor Wright, Gilmer County High.


Lewis County:

•  Benjamin Holden, Robert L. Bland Middle

•  Quinten Squires, Robert L. Bland Middle

•  Ashley Vandall, Robert L. Bland Middle.


Ritchie County:

•  Victoria Ayers, Ritchie County Middle

•  Matthew Byrd, Ritchie County Middle

•  Michael Channell, Ritchie County Middle.


Roane County:

•  Steven McGinnis, Geary Elementary/Middle

•  Robert Pavalok, Walton Elementary Middle

•  James Williams, Spencer Middle.

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Bernice Hatfield Sommerville

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Bernice Hatfield Sommerville

Age 94, passed June 16, 2014 at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville, WV.

She was born December 30, 1919 in Harrisville, WV, the daughter of the late Edgar Ivan and Hallie Jean Heckert Hatfield.

Mammaw B as she was affectionately known by many, graduated from Harrisville High School in 1937. She worked at the former Myles Manufacturing in Harrisville, Pine View Nursing Home and in later years as a correspondent for the Pennsboro News.

She was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where she had been active in the Friendship Class and United Methodist Women.

She enjoyed golfing and travelling the world. She loved playing cards with her friends and time spent with her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Donna Rae Mullenix (Denver) of Harrisville; a son, Jon Jay Sommerville (Janet Eppert) of Parkersburg; five grandchildren, Steve Mullenix (Priscilla) and Pam Mossor (Donnie Miracle) of Harrisville; Paul Mullenix (Lori) of Belmont, Kim Adams (Tim) and Lisa Dornick (Greg) all of Parkersburg; seven great-grandchildren, Jennifer Pittman (Mike), Holly Dukich (Chris), Adam Mullenix (Bethany), Missy Sarine (Willie), Jenessa Mullenix, Kyle Adams, and Katie Jo Dornick; nine great-great-grandchildren, Addie, Alyvia and Ayden Pittman, Natalie and Nathaniel Dukich, Chloe Sigmon, Makayla and Lillian Mullenix and Sofia Sarine; and her beloved poodle, Baby.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Douglas Sommerville; and sister, Mida Grose.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 PM, Sunday June 22, 2014 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Harrisville with Rev. John Frum officiating.

Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville Saturday from 4:30-8 PM.

In following her wishes she will be cremated.

Betty (DeGoines) Byrd

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Betty (DeGoines) Byrd

Age 77, of Harrisville/Walker, WV, passed on Monday, June 16, 2014, at her home.

She was born April 23, 1937, in Walker, WV, to the late Frank and Lena (Heldreth) DeGoines.

Betty was an antique car enthusiast; she enjoyed restoring and showing her ‘67 Corvair. She enjoyed her career with H&R Block. She owned and operated a flower shop in Parkersburg for a short time. She loved to sew, cook and make homemade bread.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ray V. Byrd; one daughter, Dianna Hewitt (Vance) of Walker, WV; one son, Frank Byrd of Walker, WV; two grandchildren, Jay Hewitt (Aliza) of Fairmont, WV, and MacKenzie Byrd of Walker, WV; two great-grandchildren, Van Hewitt and Summerlee Hewitt, both of Fairmont, WV; 9 brothers and sisters; and several special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson; two brothers; and two sisters.

Memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The funeral service will be 11 AM Friday, June 20, at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Randall Fuson officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Walker, WV.

Visitation will be 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, Thursday, June 19, at the funeral home.

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